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Obama Aims to Energize Trade Talks in Japan Visit

President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan and other Asian countries next week is intended to provide further impetus to Pacific trade negotiations that have bogged down over disagreements with Tokyo.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/18/obama-aims-to-energize-trade-talks-in-japan-visit/?mod=WSJBlog

Japanese Finance Minister Aso: Companies Not Yet ‘Convinced’ Deflation Has Passed

Abenomics hasn’t managed to improve the Japanese investment climate yet, Japan’s finance minister acknowledged in an interview Friday, and a weaker currency isn’t helping as much as hoped either.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/11/japanese-finance-minister-aso-companies-not-yet-convinced-deflation-has-passed/?mod=WSJBlog

Japanese Exporters Keeping Overseas Prices Steady, Despite Yen’s Drop

A container is loaded on a truck at a port in Tokyo on March 19.

The value of Japan’s exports in yen terms rose at its fastest pace in 33 years la

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/10/japanese-exporters-keeping-overseas-prices-steady-despite-yens-drop/?mod=WSJBlog

China Export Woes Point to Trade Distortions

By Tom Wright and Michael S. Arnold

China’s exports were down 6.6% on year in March, confounding economists, many of whom expected growth of over 4%.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/09/china-export-woes-point-to-trade-distortions/?mod=WSJBlog

China Commodity Demand Not Peaking, Says IMF

A man works beside a cargo ship in Qingdao port.
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China’s economic deceleration has spooked commodity markets.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/09/china-commodity-demand-not-peaking-says-imf/?mod=marketbeat

China, Not the West, Is Key to Asia’s Export Recovery

With the Lunar New Year out of the way and the harsh U.S. winter a fading memory, Asia is finally primed for an export-led recovery that will rekindle the heady growth of years past. Right?
Not so fast.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/09/china-not-the-west-is-key-to-asias-export-recovery/?mod=marketbeat

Faster U.S. Growth Could Produce a Global Negative Shock

If the biggest engine of the global economy revs up faster than expected, that’s great for the global economy, right? Not necessarily, says the International Monetary Fund in its latest update to its flagship report, the World Economic Outlook.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/08/faster-u-s-growth-could-produce-a-global-negative-shock/?mod=WSJBlog

Japan Trade Situation Remains Shaky

Japan’s current account swung back to surplus in February for the first time in five months. But it remains unclear whether the nation will continue to post surpluses as it has done for decades.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/08/japan-trade-situation-remains-shaky/?mod=WSJBlog

Taiwan Protests Can’t Stop China Trade

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Aries Poon and Tom Wright

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/07/taiwan-protests-cant-stop-china-trade/?mod=WSJBlog
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